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World Cup 2014 Brazil - Day 8 Review

Columbia defeat Ivory Coast. It's all but over for England as Uruguay tame the Three Lions and Japan and Greece play a part in the 3rd goalless draw of the tournament.

Julian Finney

Columbia 2-1 Ivory Coast

This was a closer game than most had anticipated. Columbia came out to win the gams from minute one and they didn't fail. The scoring opened on the 64th minute from James Rodriguez who headed superbly into the top corner of the goal. The Columbian's didn't finish there as just 6 minutes later Jan Quintero put the team in Yellow two goals to the good. The game looked done and the Ivory Coast players found merely a conciliation goal as former Arsenal man Gervinho dragged a goal back for his team. Before the game Ivorian midfielder Serey Die was seen crying during the national anthem. Its believed the midfielder's father had passed away shortly before the game.

Man of the match: James Rodriguez 7/10


England 1-2 Uruguay

This was it for England. Up against a side with a dodgy defence and suffering a heavy defeat the game before. It wasn't to be as England never really got going. The Uruguayan's had Luis Suarez back in their side after his knee injury. Suarez didn't fail to deliver as he opened the scoring on the 39th minute with a header over on rushing Joe Hart. England took until the 75th minute to respond as Glen Johnson stabbed a ball across goal and into the path of Wayne Rooney who had a tap in at back post. England went for the win and they had their tales up for the first time this tournament, however everything was to come crashing down as a goal kick led to Steven Gerrard heading the ball backwards and into the path of Luis Suarez who surely sealed England's fate for this World Cup, as he smashed it across goal.

Man of the match: As an Evertonian I'd consider giving the Man of the match to an unused substitute before Suarez. But unfortunately he single handedly put out campaign out of reach. Suarez 8/10.


Japan 0-0 Greece

In this one there was very little to get excited about as the scores suggested. The majority of the chances went to the Japanese. Keisuke Honda created most opportunities but to no avail as the Greek's held on. It was almost comical when Greece looked resigned to the fact they didn't have enough to brake the Japanese defence down, as Georgios Samaras kicked off the second half by shooting for goal from kick off. That was as exciting as it got in the second half and both teams look satisfied with a point.

Man of the match: Keisuke Honda 6/10.